Signs of Spring: Hummingbirds

HummingbirdsFinally, signs of spring are beginning to show here in New England. Birds are singing, and hopefully some of our tiny, shiny little migrants will be returning soon.

There is a Citizen Science project you can participate in that will help document the migration of hummingbirds in the spring:

Starting March 15, 2013, the Audubon Society needs citizen scientists to track, report on, and follow the spring hummingbird migration in real time. A free mobile app makes it easy to report sightings, share photos and learn more about these remarkable birds.

Your participation will help scientists understand how hummingbirds are impacted by climate change, flowering patterns, and feeding by people.

Most people think of hummingbirds as nectar feeders, but they do also snack on insects.  Here’s an adorable example:

Many hummer species also steal spiderwebs to make their nests.  You can see an Anna’s Hummingbird make her nest with spiderwebs here. Much cuteness and stomping to compact the nesting materials.